Ireland power deal a lesson: Mirwaiz
9 May 2007
The Daily Times
Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq of the Hurriyat Conference said on Wednesday he hoped India and Pakistan would learn from the Northern Ireland power- sharing deal. Protestant leader Ian Paisley, Northern Irelands new first minister, said there was a real chance for lasting peace as he took office with Catholic former terrorist Martin McGuinness as his deputy on Tuesday. We congratulate the two warring sides for choosing reconciliation over confrontation, Farooq said, adding that he had sent his congratulations to the leaders in Belfast. The pact offers a big hope to the people in other conflict zones, including Kashmir, he said. I think India and Pakistan should take a cue from the recent pact and try to move fast towards resolving the dispute over Kashmir, said Farooq.